Sandia Energy > Programs > Renewable Energy > Concentrating Solar Power > Concentrating Solar Power Staff > Luke McLaughlin Luke McLaughlin R&D Mechanical Engineering Dr. Luke McLaughlin is a R&D Mechanical Engineer at the National Solar Thermal Test Facility at Sandia National Laboratories. He has researched problems involving thermal systems, solar energy, energy storage, heat and mass transfer, combustion, biomass conversion, aerosol characterization, and computational modelling. Dr. McLaughlin has authored three scientific journal articles and authored over 10 scientific conference papers. Dr. McLaughlin received his MS and PhD in mechanical engineering from the University of Wyoming in 2019, and 2022, respectively, and he was a recipient of a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship in 2019. Education Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering, University of Wyoming, 2018 Master of Science, Mechanical Engineering, University of Wyoming, 2019 Doctor of Philosophy, Mechanical Engineering, University of Wyoming, 2022 Research Interests Energy storage Renewable energy systems Fuels Concentrating solar power High temperature systems Publications McLaughlin, L. P., and E. L. Belmont, “Primary aerosol emissions from lignocellulosic biomass and major constituents under well-defined pyrolysis conditions,” J. Aerosol Sci. 166, (March 2022): 106067. DOI: 10.1016/j.jaerosci.2022.106067. McLaughlin, L. P., and E. L. Belmont, “Impacts of oxidizer concentration and fuel composition on near-source aerosol emissions from lignocellulosic biomass and constituent burning,” J. Aerosol Sci. 158, (2021): 105825. DOI: 10.1016/j.jaerosci.2021.105825. McLaughlin, L. P., and E. L. Belmont, “Size-resolved aerosol emissions from lignocellulosic biomass and biomass constituent pyrolysis under variable dilution temperatures,” J. Aerosol Sci. 151, (2021): 105679. DOI: 10.1016/j.jaerosci.2020.105679.